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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Cannon Class Destroyer Escort
    Keel Laid August 26 1943 - Launched November 14 1943

  1. USS O'NEILL DE-188
    Commissioned December 6 1943 - Decommissioned May 2 1946

  2. DUBOIS F-809 (Dutch Naval Service)
    Transferred to The Netherlands October 23 1950 and renamed
    Stricken from Naval Register December 20 1950

    Returned to U.S. Navy December 15 1967
    Sold February 1968 for scrap


Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

Since a ship may have many covers, they may be split among many pages so it doesn't take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. Covers Page 1    (1943-46)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Within each set, the postmarks should be listed in order of their classification type. If more than one postmark has the same classification, then they should be further sorted by date of earliest known usage.

A postmark should not be included unless accompanied by a close-up image and/or an image of a cover showing that postmark. Date ranges MUST be based ONLY ON COVERS IN THE MUSEUM and are expected to change as more covers are added.
>>> If you have a better example for any of the postmarks, please feel free to replace the existing example.


Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Machine cancel

Kearny NJ


No Image



Locy Type


Ship used only Type 2z device


Locy Type


Last Day Postal Service, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Other Information

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

NAMESAKE - Ensign William Thomas O'Neill USN (November 28 1914 - December 7 1941)
O'Neill was killed in the Pearl Harbor attack while serving on USS ARIZONA BB-39



If you have images or information to add to this page, then either contact the Curator or edit this page yourself and add it. See Editing Ship Pages for detailed information on editing this page.


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